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A Separate Peace (1972)

PG | | Drama | 27 September 1972 (USA)
Gene and Finny are two boys who are best friends living in 1943, at the height of World War II. The idea that the boys will most likely be drafted when they turn eighteen is surrounding ... See full summary »

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John Heyl ...
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Gene
William Roerick ...
Mr. Patchwithers, Headmaster
Peter Brush ...
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Brinker
Scott Bradbury ...
Chet
John E.A. Mackenzie ...
Bobby
Mark Trefethen ...
John
Frank Wilich Jr. ...
Quackenbush
Elizabeth B. Brewster ...
Mrs. Patchwithers
Edward Echols ...
Mr. Ludsbury
Don Schultz ...
Dr. Stanpole
Paul Sadler ...
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Gene and Finny are two boys who are best friends living in 1943, at the height of World War II. The idea that the boys will most likely be drafted when they turn eighteen is surrounding them, and they are practically forced to live their lives to the fullest. The two boys attend the Devon School, which prepares them for military life that they will most likely be subjected to. The film begins with a narration by an older Gene, traveling back to Devon some years later. The thing he wishes most to see is the tree, which had a great effect on the boys' lives. Written by Anonymous

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John Knowles, author of the novel, "A Separate Peace" on which the movie was based, attended Phillips Exeter Academy where the movie was filmed. See more »

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A Separate Medium: A Title Worth Seeing
14 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Separate Peace," in novel form, is a nicely paced story filled with deep, sometimes complex metaphors and symbols. It is not for the reader who prefers the path of least resistance; the majority of enjoyment in reading the book is in the process of decoding the story. But that's what book-to-film renditions are for, right? "A Separate Peace," in movie form, is not such a far cry from the book as far as storyline goes. Instead, it follows the key points of the story while ignoring additional details that would create depth within the novel. In essence, streamlining the content of the novel. Much like in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings Trilogy" adaptation, "A Separate Peace" is short, sweet, and to the point.

Being from the early 70's, this movie should not be expected to have the "best" visuals. For what it is, the cinematography does a fantastic job of illustrating what was conjured into my mind as I read the book. As does the acting, which is remarkable- actual Devon (the school in which the story is set) students and faculty were casted for leading and supporting roles in the movie.

I personally found this movie both entertaining and well adapted in relation to the novel. I'd say that it is definitely worth watching for anybody who has read, is currently reading, or plans to read "A Separate Peace".


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